Saint Xavier University

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Saint Xavier University

As an institution of higher education, Saint Xavier engages its students, its faculty and staff, and those who comprise its immediate and broader communities in the primary activities of teaching, learning, scholarship and service. The University is named after the Jesuit Saint Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Mother Frances Xavier Warde who, in 1846, brought the Sisters of Mercy from Pittsburgh to Chicago and founded Saint Francis Xavier Academy for Females, the forerunner of Saint Xavier University.

A Catholic institution

Saint Xavier University reflects and extends the teaching mission of Jesus. It is a ministry of the Roman Catholic Church, a relationship made possible because of its continuing sponsorship by the Sisters of Mercy through the Conference for Mercy Higher Education. Catholic teaching, especially the dialogue between faith and reason and the social justice tradition of the Church, undergirds the University's mission and values.

Inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy

Grounded in the Gospel stories of a compassionate and hospitable Jesus who loved and served others, the ministry of the Sisters of Mercy to the poor, sick and uneducated began in Dublin and now extends around the world. Their reputation as educators prompted the city's first Catholic bishop to bring the Sisters of Mercy to Chicago, where they founded Saint Xavier in 1846, making it the oldest Mercy institution of higher education existing in the world today. Imbued with the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Xavier University extends a rich tradition of intellectual rigor, compassionate service and hospitality to its students and to the world through the work of higher education.

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Educates men and women

The University develops and sustains programs and practices that lead (L. ducere: to lead), men and women away from ignorance toward the expression of their fullest human potential. Among the expressions of full human potential are displays of personal and professional excellence, ethical decision-making and concern for the welfare of others.

To search for truth

As an educational ministry of the Church informed by its Mercy heritage and sponsorship, Saint Xavier University encourages and supports all members of its academic community in their search for truth, including religious and theological truths that derive from or point to the existence of a loving God in whose image each person has been created. The journey toward truth is lifelong -- Via, Veritas, Vita -- a quest that respects faith, reason and the diverse approaches of various disciplines and methods of observation, reasoning and analysis.

To think critically

When Saint Xavier became a college in 1915, the sisters designing the course of studies grounded the academic program in the liberal arts and sciences in order to "liberate" or "free" students to live reflectively as they acquired knowledge and searched for truth in their personal and professional lives. Becoming liberated, in this sense, requires the ability to think critically. Thus, Saint Xavier's curriculum, past and present, emphasizes careful observation and inquiry, reflection and contemplation, assessment, creativity, argumentation and integration. By learning to think critically, in all its dimensions, students can be freed from laboring under unfounded assumptions, preconceived notions and stereotypical judgments; they are freed to live informed, productive, good lives.

To communicate effectively

Saint Xavier University is a community of discourse in which the knowledge and critical thinking of individuals and groups can be both challenged and expanded. Effective communication within a community of discourse requires different skills and approaches, grounded in academic disciplines and characterized by civility and respect for the opinions, experiences and beliefs of others. As an educational community, Saint Xavier also has a responsibility to share its search for truth and its critical thinking with a broader public who are both critics and consumers.

To serve wisely and compassionately

Service is a fundamental message of the Gospel and a hallmark of the life and ministry of Jesus. Thus, as a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Xavier University educates men and women not only for themselves but also for others. To serve wisely involves making good ethical judgments about the disposition of one's and the world's resources, including personal time and talents. To serve compassionately is to extend oneself in merciful action on behalf of others in their need. Service in the spirit of mercy derives from an awareness of the needs of others and a feeling of solidarity with them, informed by intellectual principles found in religious, ethical, and moral teachings and traditions.

In support of human dignity and the common good

A fundamental message of the Scriptures and a basic principle of Catholic social teaching is that human beings have innate dignity because they are made in the image and likeness of God. This personal dignity cannot be mitigated by conditions of race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or physical ability. The common good, a complementary principle of Catholic social teaching, is predicated on the tenet that each person holds a God-given responsibility to promote a just and merciful world that make the benefits of God's goodness accessible to all. Saint Xavier University strives to be intentional about addressing human dignity and the common good in its programs, activities and relationships.

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Master of Applied Computer Science

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

The Master of Applied Computer Science (MACS) program is designed to further students' understanding of the computing technologies shaping our world today. [+]

Master of Applied Computer Science The Master of Applied Computer Science (MACS) program is designed to further students' understanding of the computing technologies shaping our world today and to prepare students for sustaining a life-long contribution to a technology-related career. The MACS program provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of important areas in the computing field. This program may be completed in two semesters by completing 16 credit hours each semester, or in three to four semesters by spreading the courses over a longer period. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree may be completed by taking an additional 24 graduate credit hours from the Graham School of Management, which can be completed in one additional year. Five-Year Option Get a bachelor's and master's degree in just five years! The Department of Computer Science is excited to announce this new option for all incoming freshmen. You can... Complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) or Bachelor of Arts (Computer Studies) and in the fourth year take two graduate level courses in computing that will count for eight hours towards the general electives in your bachelor’s degree and also eight hours towards your master’s degree. In the fifth year, you take 24 hours (six courses) of graduate courses to complete the master’s degree. You may also delay graduating with the bachelor’s degree until the end of the fifth year, and then graduate with both the master’s and bachelor’s degrees at the same time. This is an advantage because although you will be taking graduate courses, SXU will consider you to be an undergraduate and not only charge you undergraduate tuition but also allow you to use your financial aid package in the fifth year. However, since every student’s situation is different, you should check with the Financial Aid Office before making this decision. Entrance Requirements The MACS program is designed for students with a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field. However, a student with a non-computer-related degree may substitute relevant work experience as a prerequisite for entry into the program. College graduates who have not worked or studied in a computing field may become eligible for the program by addressing their deficiencies, either by taking courses at Saint Xavier University prior to their enrollment in the program (a conditional acceptance will be considered) or by providing documentation that they have completed similar courses at another institution. Students wishing to pursue this option should consult with the program director. Students with no experience in programming will be required to gain proficiency in one programming language (for example, Visual Basic, C, Java or C++) prior to acceptance into the program. In some cases a student may be required to complete an introductory computing course. Please contact the program director for advice on fulfilling these requirements. Program Requirements The master of applied computer science degree requires 32 credit hours of graduate course work consisting of at least 20 credit hours at the 500-level and at most 12 credit hours at the 400-level. Required Courses (20 credit hours from the Following, including ACSG-599): ACSG 520: TCP/IP Architecture and Protocols (4) ACSG 540: Programming Languages for the Web (4) ACSG 561: Systems Analysis and Design (4) ACSG 570: Computer Systems Security (4) ACSG 591: Special Topics (4) ACSG 599: Graduate Capstone Course (1-4) Elective Courses (Select 12 credit hours from the following): ACSG 400: Current and Future Trends of the Internet (4) ACSG 405: Project Management for Information Technology (4) ACSG 425: Data Communications and Wireless Networking (4) ACSG 430: Mobile Applications (4) ACSG 435: Cloud Computing (4) ACSG 450: Digital Forensics (4) ACSG 452: Advanced Database Topics (4) ACSG 455: Open Source Software (4) ACSG 460: Special Topics (4) ACSG 465: Usability and Design (4) ACSG 545: Software Engineering (4) ACSG 575: Information Ethics (4) ACSG 592: Independent Study (1-4) ACSG 593: Directed Study (1-4) ACSG 594: Internship (varies) Application Requirements Below are the requirements for the master of applied computer science program: 1. A completed application form (PDF). 2. Official transcript(s) sent directly from the registrar of the accredited baccalaureate degree-granting college/university and all graduate level coursework. 3. A non-refundable $35 application fee, unless applying online. 4. Personal statement. In approximately 300 words, please address (1) your personal career goals, (2) how you developed an interest in computer technology and the Internet, (3) your computer background and proficiency, (4) how this program fits into your goals, (5) what skills and experience you bring to the program, and (6) what are your needs and expectations of the master of applied computer science program? 5. Two completed recommendation forms. Recommendation forms must be completed by individuals (supervisors, professors, coworkers, etc.) who can attest to your academic competence, professional skills and character. Graduates of Saint Xavier University need not submit recommendations, unless specifically asked to do so after submitting the application. 6. If admitted into the program, an advisor will review your resume and transcripts. Students who have not worked in the information systems field and/or do not have a computer based undergraduate degree may need additional coursework. Apply online for the master of computer science (MACS) program or request an information packet by mail. [-]

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Masters of Science (M.S.) in Finance

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

The Master of Science in Finance program is designed to give students the analytical skills needed for a successful professional career in today's global financial markets. [+]

Masters of Science (M.S.) in Finance The Master of Science in Finance program at the Graham School of Management is designed to give students the analytical skills needed for a successful professional career in today's global financial markets. The program features a rigorous curriculum that combines a strong foundation in all areas of finance with practical, hands-on business problem solving skills. As the curriculum will automatically cover all levels of CFA body of knowledge, the program will encourage students to prepare for CFA designation. M.S. in Finance Core Courses 1.Any necessary foundation courses for non-business major. 2.The following core courses: ECON 510: Managerial Economics (3) ACCT 520: Managerial Accounting (3) FINC 521: Managerial Finance (3) MGMT 570: Business, Ethics and Governance (3) Choose one course from: MGMT 530: Operation and Technology Management (3) OR MGMT 540: The Global Environment of Business (3) OR MGMT 590: Strategic Management and Policy (3) 3.Seven Specialization Courses (21 credit hours): FINC 530: Investments and Portfolio Analysis (3) FINC 540: International Finance (3) FINC 550: Advanced Corporate Finance (3) FINC 590: Futures, Options and Other Derivatives (3) FINC 560: Financial Statement Analysis (3) FINC 570: Quantitative Methods in Finance (3) FINC 599: Functional and Strategic Finance (3) [-]

MS in Business Analytics

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program at the Graham School of Management is designed to give students the skills and knowledge to become proficient in business analytics and to advance their professional careers in this exciting and fast-growing area. [+]

MS in Business Analytics The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program at the Graham School of Management is designed to give students the skills and knowledge to become proficient in business analytics and to advance their professional careers in this exciting and fast-growing area. Students in this program will acquire a broad and in-depth knowledge in all areas of business analytics and big data analysis: statistical modeling data mining and data warehousing visualization information security optimization business decision-making under uncertainty Students will learn programming tools and data modeling necessary to analyze large and unstructured datasets that support business decision- making processes and improve business performance. Students in this program will discover applications of business analytics across a wide range of functional areas in various industries, including accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, operations management, retail, manufacturing, banking and health care. Why Study Business Analytics at SXU? The MSBA program at SXU is highly applied in nature; it integrates business strategy, project-based learning, simulations, case studies and specific electives addressing the analytical needs of various functional areas and industry sectors. Through the business advisory boards and partnerships with the business community, the program also provides students with applied projects and business data sets as well as access to career networks and employment opportunities. The Graham School of Management also fosters partnerships with leaders in business and non-profit organizations to strengthen the students' experience. In addition, the Center for Experiential Education will provide a state-of-the-art hands-on analytical lab experience. Students will have a chance to build mentor relationships with our diverse, committed and highly talented faculty and alumni with real-world experience. [-]

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MA in Early Childhood Education

Campus Full time 2 - 5  August 2017 USA Orland Park

The early childhood education program is designed for individuals who wish to teach young children (age 0 to grade 2), leads to a master of arts degree, and prepares candidates to pursue an Illinois professional educator license endorsed for early childhood education, with optional early childhood education approval. [+]

The School of Education at Saint Xavier University prepares educators who are broadly and liberally educated, competent in content methodologies and skillful in teaching all children in contemporary schools. The program in early childhood education is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The early childhood education program is designed for individuals who wish to teach young children (age 0 to grade 2), leads to a master of arts degree, and prepares candidates to pursue an Illinois professional educator license endorsed for early childhood education, with optional early childhood education approval. The program requires successful completion of general education courses, professional education courses and core courses, as outlined below: General Education Course Requirements The general education courses, which address requirements for Illinois licensure, may have been met within the candidate's undergraduate studies. A review of the candidate's transcript(s) will indicate if any general education deficiencies exist. Candidates may choose to take the CLEP exam to resolve deficiencies in the areas of fine arts, history or American government and health and nutrition. Deficiencies in the areas of literature, math and science must be resolved through coursework. Graduate students seeking professional educator license endorsed for early childhood education are required to have one course in each of the following areas: writing or composition mathematics natural science, with a lab U.S. history or American government health or nutrition fine arts literature Professional Education Course Requirements for the License (38 credits*): Core Course Requirements (12 or 15 credits*): EDGCC 511: Foundations of Education (3) EDGCC 512: Assessment of Instruction and Learning (requirement for certification) (3) EDGCC 513: Educational Research Design and Development (3) EDGCC 514: Scholarship of Teaching: Finalizing the Inquiry Process (3) *40 credit hours of professional education courses for a certificate, plus 12 or 15 credit hours of core courses for degree. Candidates for a master of arts degree in individualized education who are enrolled in the early childhood program must complete EDGCC 511, 512 and 513. Candidates who choose to complete the research study must enroll in EDGCC 514. In lieu of enrolling in EDGCC 514 and completing a research study, candidates may enroll in two additional graduate courses in education at Saint Xavier University. The two courses should further the candidate's professional goals, and the courses selected must be approved by the faculty adviser. EDGRS 523 or EDGSP 523 will count as one of the optional courses. Licensure and Degree Requirements for Licensed Elementary Teachers Pursuing a Subsequent Endorsement in Early Childhood Candidates who currently have a Professional Educator License endorsed to teach elementary education and who have had experiences in teaching students at the K-3 level can pursue a subsequent Early Childhood Education endorsement and take additional courses that will lead to a master's degree, as well as a early childhood special education approval. Candidates need to successfully complete the following prerequisites: valid, current, professional educator license with an Elementary Education endorsement (Type 03 certificate) student teaching experience or one-year, full-time teaching experience in the K-3 grade level in an accredited school evidence of passing the Illinois Basic Skills test at least three months of experience as the teacher of record with a professional educator license endorsed for elementary education Candidates also need to successfully complete the following requirements: admission to the School of Education portfolio to document impact on K-3 student learning *Candidates complete a 3-credit, 8-week practicum if they have successfully taught or student taught at the primary grade level. Candidates will complete two 8-week practica (16 weeks) if they have never taught at the primary grade level. Practica are typically offered in Fall and Spring semesters. [-]

MA in Multicategorical Special Education

Campus Full time 30  August 2017 USA Orland Park

The multicategorical special education program prepares candidates to pursue positions as P-12 special education teachers, special education coordinators, and/or private practitioners. Completion of the degree leads to the Illinois Type 10 LBS-1 teaching certificate. [+]

The multicategorical special education program prepares candidates to pursue positions as P-12 special education teachers, special education coordinators, and/or private practitioners. Completion of the degree leads to the Illinois Type 10 LBS-1 teaching certificate. SXU's special education program is unique. It is a master's level program, and it is NCATE approved as well as approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Its multicategorical approach prepares teacher candidates to work in a variety of settings with students who have disabilities that are mild, moderate or severe/profound. It includes basic foundations of the discipline and courses in diagnostic assessment, language, curriculum adaptations and modifications, behavior management, learning strategies and more. Field experiences accompany each course, leading eventually to practicum and student teaching. The weekly class format allows working adults to work on their degree programs while attending to their other responsibilities at home and/or in the workplace. The program is flexible and responds readily to any revised state or federal regulations. A faculty member notes: "Special education is my passion because it is challenging, rewarding and diverse. A highly qualified educator proficient in subject matter and pedagogy may nonetheless be unable to reach a learner with reduced intellectual potential, emotional barriers, disorders of reading or math, or sensory deficits. Special education is a problem-solving mission which is the educational equivalent of 'CSI' investigation to identify the barriers to learning! Special educators not only "solve" the puzzle but also design lessons, implement strategies and evaluate the results. It is never dull!" The multicategorical special education program emphasizes theoretical and practical implications of identification, assessment and instruction of students with disabilities. By observation of and practice with students with disabilities in varied settings and across the age range from preschool to age 21, teacher candidates gain the expertise necessary to provide direct instruction to students with disabilities, monitor students' progress, conduct assessments, employ various methods and materials and collaborate with families, various professionals and paraprofessionals. Successful completion of this program leads to the Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS) I license. Candidates pursuing the LBS I license may or may not be licensed educators. Requirements for graduate students seeking LBS I license varies depending on their previous coursework. Candidates must have coursework in educational psychology, methods of teaching mathematics and methods of teaching reading. These courses will be included in the program schedule for individuals who need them. [-]

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Chicago 60655, United States
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